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East Carolina athletics director Jon Gilbert is recognized during halftime of East Carolina's basketball game in Minges Coliseum against Temple on Jan. 16, 2019. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)

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The Daily Reflector

Thursday, January 17, 2019

A letter from East Carolina athletics director Jon Gilbert addressed his first month-plus in charge of Pirate athletics and it also looked ahead to the future.

Gilbert posted an open letter to fans on the Pirates’ official website Thursday, saying that he will regularly use these “From the helm” opportunities to connect to fans and be transparent about his role and responsibilities. He was hired Dec. 3, leaving his post as Southern Miss AD for the Pirates.

The letter resembled “From the desk of Terry Holland” installments, which Holland did at ECU when he was the AD from 2004 to 2013.

“I have spent the first couple of weeks of 2019 visiting Pirate fans in Greenville and across several eastern North Carolina communities,” Gilbert wrote. “My schedule will include visits to Raleigh, Greensboro, the Outer Banks, Wilmington and Charlotte in the coming weeks.

“As we begin a new era of ECU athletics, we will be making many decisions in an effort to stabilize and sustain forward progress. ... I have learned this is a resilient place, and that is in no small part because of you. Pirate Nation is strong, loyal and committed to excellence.”

Gilbert discussed various personnel and sports, including saying that East Carolina should be announcing during the coming weeks who its opponent will be for the sixth football home game this year at renovated Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. He also said the goal is for football season ticket prices to be released in mid-February.

In basketball, the AD lauded a recent win against Cincinnati and the enthusiastic crowd of 4,551 for Wednesday’s 85-74 loss to Temple.

“The crowd was terrific last night in Minges against a talented Temple team and we need that to be the environment the rest of the year,” he said. “When you are building a program like coach (Joe) Dooley is, it’s important for players to see their hard work paying off.”

Gilbert’s complete “From the helm” letter is here: https://ecupirates.com/news/2019/1/17/general-an-update-from-ad-jon-gilbert.aspx

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